Apologies, I first posted this on another site about 6 months ago, but with the fallout from #Plebgate and the really dodgy and unfortunately timed ‘leaking’ of the Operation Tiberius report (a 2002 report that has no business being in the hands of the media, hopefully an investigation into its leaking will follow) it seemed like an appropriate time to revisit it. If you’ve read it before, there’s nothing new. If you haven’t read it before you might find it of some interest.
And so it has started.
In truth it probably started a year or two ago, but various distractions have kept our blinkers in place.
The Crucifixion Cycle
Government slashes the resources of the public body in question. Be it NHS, Armed Forces, Police, Education, Coastguard, Fire Service, Probation…..the list just goes on and on. They have all had their resources slashed to the bone (and possibly deeper) by this failing coalition government in the name of Austerity. Be under NO illusions, more cuts are coming, Gideon says so.
Highlight The Failings
Next Step is to commission a report highlighting the failings of said public body. Policy Exchange (other Think Tanks are widely available) are normally good at issuing reports that seem to support government’s plan of action.
Get the Press to Crucify the Public Body for Their Failings
Certain sectors of the British Press seem only too willing to publish articles, splashed across their front pages, or 1st item on the 10 o’clock news etc, crucifying the public body for their failings. They never seem to mention slashed resources at this stage, just how serious and awful the failings have been, whip up some public backlash, and launch a “heads should roll” theme to move it forward.
Police and NHS are currently suffering at the hands of Stage 3. Whose turn next?
These public bodies can’t be trusted to organise a beer-drinking event in a brewery. Just look at the headlines at Stage 3. I know how to sort this out, we’ll privatise them. We’ve got some Lords with interests in suitable private companies, let’s give them a shot at sorting it all out, perfect solution.
Am I wrong?
Is this NOT how it happens?
Where are you on the Wheel of Fortune?
Have you been crucified yet?